The cast of *The A-Team*
For those too young to remember the original or too highfalutin' to watch it, The A-Team was a popular TV series in the mid-1980s. Like many TV series then and now, the set-up was a little convoluted. Here's the voiceover from the opening credits, which sums up the premise in 100 words or less:
"In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team."
So yeah, pretty straightforward.
For many, The A-Team was an iconic part of American pop culture, not unlike the show's equally bizarre contemporary, Knight Rider, or the 1990s wackness known as Baywatch. It's regained some retro/hipster popularity recently, even serving as nostalgic fodder for an episode of Family Guy.
All of which is to say that the new movie resurrecting the A-Team franchise will be loved by some and loathed by others, but what we really wanna know is: what the hell are they going to drive? In the original series, the A-Team tooled around in a GMC Vandura van -- but of course, that was the 1980s, when customized vans were like crossovers today, which is to say gaggingly common and often dull. But the A-Team's van was nine kinds of awesome, so we're anxious to see 2010 parallel. In the photo above, the vehicle behind the group looks a little Hummer-esque, but it could also be a dupe of the Scooby Doo van, which would be a bold choice and also HILARIOUS. And far better than the Aston Martin we're guessing Liam Neeson requested.
As far as we know, the film is still in production, so things could theoretically change. But right now, we're rooting for one badass shortbus and no cameos from Bradley Cooper's squeeze du jour, Renee Zellweger. PLEASE NO.